Bike of the month
September 2014 - BMW R Nine T
According to BMW Motorrad’s Head of Vehicle Design Ola Stenegard, the R nineT project began three years ago as a sort of back-door effort. Originally a chopper builder from Sweden, Stenegard envisioned the machine not so much as a retro cafe racer or naked bike but as a blank canvas for customization. Thus the rear frame that supports the passenger seat and footpegs comes off with just eight bolts, while the portion holding the taillight and license plate bracket comes off with another four screws. The latter transforms the bike into something of a bobber, which entails the owner adding his own taillight and license plate bracket.
The R nineT is powered by the final air-cooled version of the venerable opposed-twin Boxer engine, which in dohc form produces a claimed 110 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque. While the rear suspension utilizes BMW’s proven Paralever shaft-drive system, up front is a traditional inverted telescopic fork; Telelever would have looked wrong on this model. Spring preload for the shock is hydraulically adjustable via an easy-to-reach knob, and there’s also a stepless rebound-damping screw; the fork is non-adjustable. The two-piece seat comes off using a second “key” with an integral Torx bit to reveal a spartan toolkit.
June 2013 - 1961 BMW R50S
Craig Vechorik's 1961 R50S, very rare!
Bike of the Year 1976 BMW R90s
1976 BMW R90s
Munich/Chichester, 2nd July 2012. Today’s stars and heroes from the past, historic and modern race vehicles: Last weekend, the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” again lured over 100.000 fans to Goodwood House near Chichester (GBR). The colours of BMW Motorrad were this time represented by brand ambassador Troy Corser (AUS). The two-time Superbike World Champion was taking the legendary 1976 BMW R 90 S on track at the famous motorsports event.
Troy was riding a motorcycle that made history: this BMW R 90 S took American Steve McLaughlin to victory in the first ever AMA Superbike race back in 1976 at Daytona (USA). Back then, McLaughlin won a tight photo-finish against his BMW team mate Reg Pridmore (USA) who later that season celebrated the historic first ever AMA Superbike title. Plans for a Superbike World Championship only took shape some years later. Now, BMW Motorrad Motorsport is contesting the series, that debuted in 1988, with factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Leon Haslam (GBR). McLaughlin’s victorious BMW R 90 S has found a new home at the BMW Museum at Munich (GER). At the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” it returned to the race track – ridden by the two-time world champion.
“It was a fantastic event; there were many, many people”, Troy enthuses. “The atmosphere was really nice, the weather was good, it was not too hot and the BMW R 90 S is a great bike to ride. I thought it would be a lot heavier but is actually pretty light and has quite a lot of torque. It is fun to ride and I even did some wheelies with it. Overall it was a great weekend. I also met some of the ‘older guys’, like John Surtees and Wayne Gardner who I have not seen for a while so it was good fun.”
Since 1993, the “Festival of Speed” has been held every year on the estate of motorsport enthusiast Lord March in the British county of West Sussex. It is here, where current stars and historic legends from automobile and motorcycle racing meet. Highlights are always the hillclimb runs, during which the riders and drivers race up the world-famous 1.16-mile road through the Goodwood House estate in and on modern and historic race vehicles.
February 2011 - BMW's 2012 K1600 GT
2012 BMW K1600
Seemingly directly on the heels of transforming the sportbike category with their stellar S 1000 RR this past year, BMW has its sights set firmly on revamping the sport touring and luxury touring segments of motorcycling.
North American journalists got their first view Stateside of the much anticipated 6-cylinder 2011 BMW K 1600 GTL the other night at Jay Leno's garage.
The new motorcycle (which will be produced as the GT and the GTL) is emboldened with a 1649cc inline 6-cylinder engine that is transversally mounted in a beefy, sportbike-inspired perimeter chassis.
The Motorrad (motorcycle) division put BMW's extensive history of engineering and developing in-line 6-cylinder automobile engines to good use. BMW engineers felt a 6-cylinder platform would provide incredible torque, gorgeous sound (especially at high revs) and, perhaps most importantly, silky smooth delivery.
This theory is reinforced in the BMW K 1600 with an exemplary 160 horsepower (at 7750 rpm) with a maximum torque rating of 129 ft/lbs (at 5250 rpm)-of which 70% is available at an astonishing 1,500 rpm. Adding credence to these performance-oriented stats is a compression ratio of 12.2:1.
Surprisingly, due the efficiency of the 6-cylinder configuration, the K 1600 claims better miles per gallon (MPG) than the K 1300 GT.
The new BMW engine is a little less than 22" wide, making it comparable to most in-line fours. This was achieved with a separation of just 5mm between cylinder sleeves (0.197th of an inch).
The limitations of metals technology would have made this unthinkable twenty years ago. The entire engine, with gearbox, clutch and alternator, weights just 226 pounds. These statistics point toward a highly maneuverable and agile large capacity motorcycle that promises to behave more like a sportbike than a distance bike.
BMW is working to distinguish the two motorbikes, preferring to market the K 1600 GT as more of sporting experience, with emphasis on a single rider (although it will handle a passenger quite sufficiently).
The GT is designed to cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time. The GTL fills the role as a more appealing choice for two-up riding, promising to deliver superior comfort while remaining relatively sporty.
The new K bikes possess ride-by-wire throttle valve operation with a 3-way ride mode for power delivery (rain - road - dynamic) as well Dynamic Traction Control. Design cues are new school BMW, with a fairly aggressive wedged fairing and side cut-aways that reveal the engine in a bold stroke of masculinity.
A big item is the industry first Adaptive Headlight, which utilizes an auto leveling mechanism that maintains a constant field of light on a level horizon despite lean angle or pitch due to braking and accelerating. Aside from the new 6-cylinder powerplant, this is what I'm most interested to test.
The BMW K 1600 GT and GTL will be available late Spring of 2011 as 2012 models. Pricing as of press time was listed merely as TBD.
Info Courtesy: http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com
January 2012 - Retro Concept
November 2010 - BMW K75S
The BMW K75 was a standard motorcycle produced by BMW Motorrad from 1985 to 1995. At the time of its introduction, the K75 was BMW's cheapest motorcycle. It offers a claimed acceleration of 0–60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).
Various models of the K75 were produced.
S and RT versions have a rear disc brake and 17 inch rear wheels whereas the others have a single leading shoe drum brake and 18 inch rear wheels. A stiffer, "anti-dive" front suspension was added to the S and RT model. Later RT version has a windshield that can be raised or lowered. Some taller riders complain of wind buffeting with the smaller S model stock windscreen.
All K75 models share the same drivetrain. They are powered by a 740 cc liquid-cooled inline three-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel injection. The US EPA specific engine produce 68 hp (51 kW) while all others produce 75 hp (56 kW). It utilizes a five-speed transmission with a dry clutch and a shaft-driven final drive. The engine is rotated 90 degrees – designed to be less vulnerable to damage should the cycle fall over.
The K-series lineup, including the K75 and K100, were not just new models; these designs were radical departures from almost every aspect of previous ones. The K-bikes introduced new technology and refinement for a premium brand. At the time, BMW and Harley-Davidson were the only major manufactures that did not offer liquid-cooled engines. Competing brands, notably of Japanese manufacture, were touting the superiority of their liquid-cooled engines and had introduced low maintenance shaft-drive technology into a growing number of their models.
The K-series offered refinements like computer-controlled fuel injection, all stainless steel exhaust, rust-free aluminum fuel tank, anti-lock brakes or ABS, mono-lever in the rear and single shock absorber, adjustable headlight, high capacity 460 watt alternator, cigarette lighter accessory plug-in, self canceling signal lights. The engine design had excellent vibration isolation. Two different forks manufactures were used: Showa with an outer upper tube diameter of 1.612 in (40.9 mm) and Fichtel and Sachs measuring 1.627 in (41.3 mm).
December 2009 - BMW R90S
Manufacturer: BMW Motorrad
November 2009 - 2010 R1200RT
The 2010 R1200RT
The BMW R1200RT has always been acknowledged as the epitome of comfortable and dynamic motorcycle touring in classic style. And now, the latest version of this tourer, with its significant innovations, offers even more superior qualities and dynamic benefits thanks to its new boxer engine. In its configuration and basic structure, the new flat-twin engine is the same as the Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) engine featured in the BMW HP2 Sport. It has, however, been further upgraded and optimized for the BMW R1200RT to meet the specific requirements of an outstanding tourer.
With the 1,170-cc boxer engine on the former model already offering superior drive power under all conditions and in all situations, the new R1200RT has even more to offer. First, the new engine offers an increase in maximum torque from 85 - 88 lb-ft at an unchanged 6,000 rpm, for even greater acceleration and passing power. Second, the range of useful engine speed has been increased by 500 rpm to a maximum 8,500 rpm. The third improvement is a significant increase in torque where it really counts at low and medium engine speeds, with a smooth and homogeneous torque curve. Maximum engine horsepower is the same as the prior model at 110 hp but occurs now at 7,750 rpm (previously 7,500 rpm).
Overview of the main features of the 2010 R 1200 RT:
October 2009 - BMW R32
Where it all started!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
The first BMW motorcycle was a child born of necessity. Following the Treaty of Versailles, which went into effect on June 28, 1919, Bayerische Moteren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works, or BMW) was prohibited from building aircraft engines.
BMW was an aircraft engine manufacturer, almost exclusively, since Gustav Otto (son of Nikolaus Otto) had opened his aircraft factory in Munich in 1911. Otto teamed with Karl Rapp, who owned an aircraft engine factory, in early 1916, forming Bayerische Flugzeugwerke GmbH (Bavarian Airplane Works or BFW). A year before the Treaty, Franz Josef "Karl" Popp joined the company. By 1921, BMW was barely in business. BMW kept the lights burning with the production of truck and boat engines, agricultural equipment, and an air brake system for railroad cars.
BMW entered the motorcycle market as a subcontractor, building a four-stroke engine for Otto's BFW, which intended to build a larger motorcycle called the Helios. The resulting M2B15 engine was a 486cc boxer twin with a perfectly square bore and stroke of 68mm. The engine was inspired by the British Douglas, and it was mounted similarly, with its twin cylinders facing fore and aft.
Submitted By Daryll Cainey President of Niagara BMW Riders #298
September 2009 - BMW R 100RS
How do you put a price on prestige and quality? If someone built a pushrod, twin-cylinder motor cycle with an engine whose basic design was decades old, and marketed it at a price many hundreds of pounds higher than its rivals, would it sell? All logic says that it shouldn't, but that is exactly what the BMW motor cycle company does for a living and a very good living it makes too. BMW's secret is that its bikes have proved their quality and dependability over the years. In absolute terms, the company doesn't make a great many bikes and their exclusivity, quality and high price has given BMW the kind of image that is usually associated with Rolls-Royce, caviar and the executive jet set.
Submitted By Daryll Cainey President of Niagara BMW Riders #298